“Don’t Break What You Cannot Fix” feels like a love song, or at least a conversation between two lovers, but it’s a little more complex than that.
This is a very subtle protest song, naming no names, merely the methods and the results of lies, bullying and ignorance. Rubinstein clearly has a lot to say and very vigorous opinions on the state of our world, and that’s great.
Setting those opinions to music, beautifully played guitar, gorgeously produced with warmth and honesty is inspired. There’s a simplicity to this record that I love. Clever lyrics and thoughtful themes woven through the track make it strangely commercial. It puts me in mind of Sting or Leonard Cohen. Poetic, focused and moving.
It seems this single is a preview of a soon to be released album, let’s hope the album is as interesting as the single. I love music that holds true to its inception. Music that retains the purity of the idea of what the writer wants it to become. It’s so easy to over do or over produce or pump music full of every idea you have in your head. It’s always far far better to distill down to the essence of a melody or the simplest versions of the lyric. “Don’t Break What You Cannot Fix” is a great example of when less really is more…Loved it!
To learn more about Y. Dan Rubinstein’s debut album “Stolen Moments” click HERE>>
Producer:Kenny Schick, Basement3 Productions
Y. Dan Rubinstein
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